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Give the Gift of Sight

Angela Perkey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Angela Perkey

Every September, I go to the eye doctor for my annual eye exam. However, the upside of my regular eye appointments is that I get to help someone else be able to see.

Why is aid to Pakistan so slow? Because we're bad at giving.

Alyssa Battistoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alyssa Battistoni

In the past few days, one of the biggest stories of the Pakistan flood crisis has been about donations--or the lack thereof. Indeed, donations from th...

Little Give: Can Your Job Help You Make a Difference?

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

Thinking of your job as a way to simply make a living is so last week. The smartest organizations have cottoned onto the fact that people like us want meaning along with money.

The Limits of Volunteer Service

Angela Perkey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Angela Perkey

Volunteer service is a way for individuals to create a tangible and visible difference in our communities and in the world. However, there are certain limits to what we can do and the impact that we can have.

Gratitude: The Smuggest Sentiment or the World's Second Most Selfish Act?

Tony Greenberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Greenberg

We're told we must give thanks for the slightest of gifts. It's all about being grateful, if we want to create a life lived humbly yet well. Well, gratitude, shmatitude.

You Can Help Fix the Economy

Angela Perkey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Angela Perkey

Unemployment has been hovering above 9 percent across the U.S. for over a year. As someone who was laid off as a victim of the economic downturn, I know helping someone get a job can make a world of difference in their lives.

Better Business: Can a 500-Year Vision Help Save the World?

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

I wasn't going to care about what other people thought, but do what mattered most to me. And that I wanted to find a way to make a difference.

Why US Philanthropists Should Care About Sanitation and Water

John Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Sauer

Over the past three years, only 42% of aid for water and sanitation has been targeted at least developed and low-income countries where the need is the greatest.

Save a Mom's Life -- and Learn How to Get People to Give

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Maia Szalavitz

What's the best way to get people to give and help others? A story right now of a New Jersey mother of three contains many of the key elements.

RNC, DNC Monthly Reports Detail Lavish Spending

Washington Post | R. Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Both the national Democratic and Republican party committees spend about two-thirds of the money they take in on the care and comfort of committee sta...

The Generosity Plan

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

Ms. LeMay began her generosity practice as a child. Over time, she realized she was an activist. Activism worked better for her as an idea rather than philanthropy.

How To Kick The Fossil Fuel Habit

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

A funny thing happened on the way to the 21st century: we got hooked on fossil fuels. Now, much as we'd like to kick the habit, we're finding it really hard to do. Tom Rand thinks he can help.

Modern Day Philanthropy: Creating a Winning Exchange

Marvin Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marvin Epstein

Charities are now more than ever forced to seek new and creative fund-raising opportunities in order to accomplish their mission.

'Giving Circles' Bring Neighbors Together To Fundraise For Local Nonprofits

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

One recent night in Needham, several dozen women stood inside Carolyn Shaughnessy's living and dining rooms, listening intently to a woman talk about ...

Hair, Oil Spills, and the Science of Irrational Compassion

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.

Reflection requires the heart to not just give but to listen and inquire deeply. This can be the most painful part of giving.

Helping Donors Choose: Improving Nonprofit Ratings for the Future

Gordon Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Gordon Campbell

As we all know, a charity's success and effectiveness goes well beyond a one-dimensional focus on nonprofit finances.

What Does It Mean To Receive?

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

Do you get so busy during the day that you do not take a moment to receive, to be aware of, the good around you? Do you ever pause to take in the beauty of flowers?

How Alive Is Your Love?

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Are we open to find amazing love alive in our world? Are we leaving love's legacy behind in our finger and footprints today the way we'd most like?

The Gratitude Experiment (VIDEO)

Greg Archer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Greg Archer

If you think Thanksgiving is the best time to feel thankful and express gratitude, think again. Watch as I take the power of gratitude to the streets.

Holland, Michigan, Happiest Because Of Giving Nature?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Despite harsh winter conditions and high levels of unemployment, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index rates the small Michigan town of Holland as on...

Despite Economy, Not-Only-For-Profit Business Is Thriving

Andrew Shapter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Shapter

Despite hard times, "not-only-for-profit" companies swim against the current by giving back some of what they earn. But these aren't the corporate donations orchestrated by a clever PR department looking to bolster the company image. Wall Street, are you listening?

Concentric Circles of Service

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

There's a missing link in our quest for a good and equitable society. In addition to volunteering, we must educate ourselves and impact our government to achieve lasting change on prominent issues.

Colorado Citizens Finding Happiness Through Giving

Andrew Shapter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Andrew Shapter

Americans spend great amounts of our time, money and energy chasing happiness. The biggest problem is, for many people, we're not even sure what it is.

Gift Economy

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

What's the gift economy? In simple terms it's about giving stuff away for free without expecting anything back. Hold on, isn't everything supposed to be monetized?

Arthur Delaney

Yes He Can: 'One Can A Week' Program Inspires Imitators | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Peter Norback took Barack Obama's campaign talk of hope and change to heart. He said it inspired him to launch a campaign to get his neighbors in Tucs...